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archie reviews a book…. The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)

My third book review! YAY. The Office Andy Critic

Same disclaimer as before: I have never thought of myself as much of an art critic – I sort of always thought it wasn’t my place to disagree with the storyteller. As in, if I didn’t enjoy a book or movie, then it probably says more about me not being the intended audience for it.
But I don’t think that need stop me from doing just that: sharing my thoughts on my experience reading such-and-such a book.

So here I go…

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archie reviews a book…. The Sword of Shannara (1977)

My second book review! YAY. The Office Andy Critic

Same disclaimer as before: I have never thought of myself as much of an art critic – I sort of always thought it wasn’t my place to disagree with the storyteller.
As in, if I didn’t enjoy a book or movie, then it probably says more about me not being the intended audience for it, right?

But I don’t think that need stop me from doing just that: sharing my thoughts and experience after reading such-and-such a book.

So here I go…

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archie reviews a book…. Dune (1965)

My very first book review! YAY.

The Office Andy CriticI have never thought of myself as much of an art critic – I sort of always thought it wasn’t my place to disagree with the storyteller.
As in, if I didn’t enjoy a book or movie, then it probably says more about me not being the intended audience for it, right?
But I don’t think that need stop me from doing just that: sharing my thoughts and experience after reading such-and-such a book.

So here I go…

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why archie reads – fiction as self help

For some of us, books are as important as almost anything else on Earth.

What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.

Books help us understand who we are and how we are to behave. They show us what community and friendship mean;
they show us how to live and die.

Anne Lamott

I have already answered why I began writing fiction, so let me unpack why I read it too.

archie the writer in grade six

I think I have always been a bookworm.

As a child, I enjoyed reading stories of other people in other times and other places with other problems.

Why is it that we seek out more problems, about people who we don’t even know, who aren’t even alive?

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what archie reads – Black History Month

Hey so YAY for Black History. 
BLM is important to talk about because it supports efforts of reclaiming a sense of self among us Earthlings. We all need to make room for knowing about the Past to help understand the legacies we carry with us. Intergenerational magic exists for all of us, but the West suffers from a bout of extreme white supremacy – in so many ways but most definitely inside culture and media. 

As such, one way of changing this reality is to give more attention to reading Black made and Black centred stories, and to learn what we can while we may.

I finished 2 books and can share some of my interpretations, but as always welcome anyone to comment or DM. 

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